29 PANELS SERVE VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS OFFER ADVICE TO CITY AUTHORITIES.
A system of neighborhood councils throughout Los Angeles was created when local voters approved changes to the City Charter in 1999, partly in an effort to head off threats of San Fernando Valley secession.
The councils were designed to give neighborhoods a greater say in city government. While they have no actual authority over city decisions, they are expected to render opinions about local issues such as development and zoning, and elected officials have said they listen closely to the councils.
Membership on the councils is open to anyone considered a ``stakeholder'' in a community, such as residents, local employers and employees, property owners, students and others with interest in the neighborhood's future.
The city's Board of Neighborhood Commissioners has certified 85 councils, including 29 in the Valley. The certified councils that have an elected board in place are eligible for $50,000 each in city funding per year.
City officials expect the network to grow to about 96 neighborhood councils.
The city's Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, run by General Manager Greg Nelson, and the seven-member Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, headed by President Ronald Stone, oversee the councils.
More information about neighborhood councils and DONE is available at www.lacityneighborhoods.com or by calling the department at (866)LAHELPS.
LIST OF COUNCILS
Here is a list of certified neighborhood councils in the San Fernando Valley, and an e-mail or Web site address, when available. To get in touch with individual councils or for more information, call the city Department of Neighborhood Empowerment toll free at (866) LA HELPS or (213) 485-1360.
Arleta Neighborhood Council
Old Northridge Neighborhood Council
Pacoima Neighborhood Council
Sun Valley Neighborhood Council
Granada Hills Neighborhood Council
North Hills West Neighborhood Council
Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council
Sylmar Neighborhood Council
Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council
Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council
Northridge West Neighborhood Council
Northridge East Neighborhood Council
West Hills Neighborhood Council
Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council
Canoga Park Neighborhood Council
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council
Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council
Mid-Town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council
Neighborhood Council Valley Village
Encino Neighborhood Council
Reseda Neighborhood Council
Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council
Studio City Neighborhood Council
Tarzana Neighborhood Council
Winnetka Neighborhood Council
North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council
West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council
LIST OF COUNCILS (see text)
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Mar 24, 2005|
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